Traci Marchetta (Owner, Director, Instructor)
I started dance lessons at the age of two. My love for dance has been an encouragement to continue learning, performing, and teaching throughout my life. I continued with dance lessons and was on two competition teams with two different studios during the same year. I’ve enjoyed competing in many regional and national dance competitions, carnival balls, and fairs including the World’s Fair. I’ve completed both an oral and written exam to graduate in dance. I also auditioned for the New Orleans Saintsations and was selected out of over 300 applicants each year. During my 8 years of being a Saintsation, I have appeared in print, T.V., movies, and had the joy of traveling to many places doing what I love which included performing at the American Bowl (Saints vs. Eagles) in Tokyo, Japan! I was asked to return to Japan to represent the New Orleans Saintsations and perform with one other NFL cheerleader from each NFL team.
There is a scene in the Disney movie “Saintly Switch”, where I am dancing on the sidelines which has given me so many exciting memories! It’s also been fun to dance alongside the Dallas Cowboy cheerleaders during a Saints vs. Cowboys scrimmage game! My experience through dance and being a pro-football cheerleader has brought me to travel to several places and gave me many opportunities in my life!
My students have shown their talent in our beautiful, professional recitals, parades, competitions, fairs, and community performances. They have had the opportunity to dance in Disney World and on Carnival Cruise Lines! I’ve won many choreography awards, as well as, my faculty. The PADC students have won title awards along with many 1st overall awards in regional and national competitions. The students at PADC have also won many scholarships! If I can put a smile on a child’s face or give them a little more confidence, then I know that I’ve been a positive influence in their lives.
Soundtrack Dance Commercial
Bryan Mitsubishi Saintsations Commercial
RC Cola Dance Video for Conventions
The Saints Sideline Show
The Mike Ditka Show
The Dolly Parton Show
Other Print Work:
Mopar National Magazine
Various posters and calendars
5 Covers of News on Wheels Magazine
Lynne Barré (Choreographer, Instructor)
I have been a part of Performing Arts Dance Center as a faculty member and a teacher/choreographer since it opened in 1997. With over 40 years of dance experience, I have studied with many choreographers. I have been in the competitive world for many years where I have won awards for best costumes. I now work in the PADC office where I handle many projects. PADC has a Teacher Graduate Program for students who are graduating where I run this program. Previously, I have assisted with the choreography for the Andouille Pageant, and have served as a judge for several other dance events. My favorite style of dance is tap. I love being with the students at PADC where terminology is taught in a loving and family atmosphere.
Looking forward to another exciting dance year!
I will be the new tumbling coach at Performing Arts Dance Center. I have a background with gymnastics of 12 years, Allstar competitive cheerleading competing at Worlds for 3 years, high school cheer for 3 years, and LSU cheerleading for 2 years, competing in the UCA college nationals for 2 years. I also give private lessons to the PADC students! I am currently a student at LSU majoring in general business alongside a minor in agricultural business. I can’t wait to start coaching and teaching these amazing kids.
Chrissy Carter Cifuentes
With over a decade of experience on stage and screen, I am so excited to be offering her theatrical expertise to students across the River Parishes! I am a veteran performer of St. John Parish and currently performs as a member of River Parish Community Theatre. Some of my recognizable roles include Mayzie from “Seussical the Musical”, Belle from “Beauty and the Beast”, and Mary Poppins from “Mary Poppins”. I also entertain in my community for various events such as St. John Sugar Queen, the DuMonde Ball, and much more. Classes will focus on vocal training, characterization, body movement and much more! I will also offer private vocal lessons and private acting lessons for the PADC Students. I am excited to be a part of Performing Arts Dance Center and teaching these wonderful students.
Ballet Teacher, Kynt Bryan
Multitalented local New Orleans International Dance Music Recording Artist, Actor, Dancer/Choreographer, Model, Performer, and Founder/Artistic Director of Flashmob New Orleans (known for its annual "Michael Jackson Thriller Flashmob" at New Orleans City Hall), Kenneth Kynt Bryan, is a Loyola University of New Orleans graduate and the first student with a special double major contract BA in Communications and Dance 02’. Mr. Bryan began his studies in classical ballet at the age of 19 as a freshman at Loyola University. He continued his studies in New Orleans where he received full scholarships with New Orleans Dance Academy, Ballet Hysell, New Orleans Ballet Theatre and the New Orleans Children’s Theatre. Studying under Marjorie & Greg Schramel, Mary Munroe, Jackie Fry, Gayle Parmelee, Harvey Hysell, Karen Shulda, Diane Carney, Valerie Concha and Lula Elzy, afforded him the opportunity to develop into a well-rounded artistic performer. As a performing artist, Mr. Bryan has danced guest and soloist roles with Ballet Renverser’, New Orleans Ballet Theatre, Ballet Hysell, Loyola Ballet, Jefferson Ballet, Komenka Ethnic Dance Ensemble, D’ Project, Monique Moss Dance, and New Orleans Ballet Association.
I began to develop my love for dance at the age of two and have sixteen years of both competitive and recreational dancing experience. I am formally trained in tap, jazz, ballet, pointe, acro, lyrical, and contemporary styles of dance. I was a member of the Performing Arts Dance Center Competition Team for seven years where I received numerous awards including being named a Rainbow Dancer of the Year finalist, receiving an invitation to KAR All Star Dance New York Convention, earning a judge’s award, and winning overall placements. My years on the competition team allowed me to expand my dance knowledge and stage experience. I am a 2019 graduate of St. Charles Catholic High School where I was a member of the Starsteppers Dance Team for two years. While on the team, the Starsteppers received overall awards, including being titled national champions at the United States Dance/Drill Team Championship in Orlando, Florida. During my senior year of high school, I was chosen as an American All-Star Dancer and was invited to attend the American All-Star Weekend. I have assisted dance classes for seven years and find joy in educating children about the art of dance. I completed the Performing Arts Dance Center Teacher Graduate Program in May of 2019, which allows me to follow my dream of becoming a dance teacher. Continuing my education, I am attending Delgado Community College and majoring in Business Administration. I am looking forward to being a member of the Performing Arts Dance Center faculty and am eager to share my passion for dance with the students.
I am excited to be your child’s Contemporary Teacher this year.
I have been dancing for the past 15 years at Studio84 in New Iberia, LA. I was on their competition team, as well. Since graduation in 2014, I started doing more classes and choreography for studios around Louisiana. For the past two years, I took over a company team in Crowley, Louisiana at Core Dance Studio. I love to teach and I’m very passionate about teaching dance. My background in performance and training: I was on Justin Giles company two years ago in Dallas Texas called Soulescape. Recently, I traveled to Israel to take part in a dance intensive with Ohad doing Gaga style. Both were incredible learning opportunities for me and I enjoy relaying the info I learned to students. I just graduated from UL with an architecture and design degree. I am so excited to teach at Performing Arts Dance Center.
Ashlee Barre’ Brister
I am very excited to be your child’s dance teacher this year. I have been in the dance world for over 25 years with competitive dancing for over 12 years. I have been a part of Performing Arts Dance Center since the day the studio opened in 1997. I graduated in dance from Performing Arts Dance Center in 2001 and I am certified to teach. I have been a faculty member at Performing Arts Dance Center since 2001. In my competitive years, I won many awards which also included being titled “Miss Showbiz” – Most Entertaining Senior Dancer to name a few. I have been the Dance Company (competition team students) choreographer since 2007. I have many dances that have won choreography awards and recently were selected into the IDA (National Industry Dance Awards). PADC also won the most entertaining studio award several times. As well as teaching the dance company, I teach tap, jazz, and lyrical classes. I have also studied Ballet, Hip Hop, Modern dance and Contemporary. I graduated from Salmen High School in Slidell in 2001, where I was on the Dance Team (Spartanettes) all 4 years and chosen to be an American All Star Dancer. I received a high award to perform in London and to perform at the 2001 Super bowl. I have graduated from Southeastern Louisiana University in 2009 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business. I also have a photography business “Ashlee b. Photography” – Ashleebphotography.smugmug.com.
Dancingly yours, Ms. Ashlee
I have been dancing at Performing Arts Dance Center for 21 years. I am so excited to start off a new dance year teaching your child! I was part of the Performing Arts Dance Center dance company for 9 years. Throughout my competition years, I’ve won many awards including: Miss Starmaker Dance, overall placement awards for my solos, judges special awards, etc. I was also invited multiple times to take master classes with the Radio City Rockettes in New York City. In 2010, I had the experience of teaching a jazz class as part of my teacher graduate training. I am formally trained in tap, jazz, ballet, lyrical, hip hop, and modern styles of dance. Today, I continue to study dance by attending competitions and conventions throughout the year. I graduated from dance at Performing Arts Dance Center in 2010. I graduated from Riverside Academy in 2010. During my time in high school, I was a member of the high school dance team, the Southern Sweethearts, where I served as captain my senior year. I was chosen as an American All-Star dancer for 3 years having the opportunity to perform in Hawaii, Paris, and Spain! My team also performed in the 2008 Sugar Bowl halftime performance and in 2010 performed in Walt Disney World. Along with dance team, I was also involved in many other clubs and organizations. I am a 2014 graduate of Southeastern Louisiana University with a major in elementary Education. I am currently teaching 1st grade in St. James Parish. I love teaching children. I am so excited to share my passion for teaching your child the art of dance this year.
Dancingly yours,Mrs. Brittany
I will be your child's dance instructor this year. I have been with Performing Arts Dance Center since the studio opened. Dancing has always been a big part of my life. I started dancing at the age of 3 and danced for about 16 years. I assisted classes as a teenager, was a member of the competition team at PADC, was on my high school dance team, and graduated as a teacher from Performing Arts in 2003. I have been a tap and jazz teacher for about 14 years with PADC and I thoroughly enjoy it!
I'm a native of LaPlace. I'm married and have two wonderful children, Kylie (9) and Kayden (5). My daughter is also a dancer with Performing Arts and really loves it. I love being able to share this with her. I'm a full time radiologic technologist and a certified MRI tech. I currently am working at River Bend Imaging Center in LaPlace performing MRIs.
I have always loved to dance and absolutely adore children! I'm looking forward to another fabulous year.
I have been dancing for 21 years at Performing Arts Dance Center. I am so excited to start off the new dance year teaching your child Hip Hop and Acro.
I was part of the Performing Arts dance Center- Dance Company for 8 years. During my years of competing, I have won many awards such as Overall Placement Awards, Overall Best Costume Award, Judges Favorite Award and many more. I am trained in tap, jazz, ballet, pointe, lyrical, hip hop, and modern. Today, I continue my education of dance by taking more classes and learning new things every day.
I am a 2013 graduate from St. Charles Catholic High School. At school, I was a member of the dance team called the SCC Starsteppers for 3 years and I served as Co-Captain my senior year. During my years on the team, I was chosen as an American-All-Star for 3 years and had the opportunity to dance in Paris, France, and Spain. In 2010-2011, I attended Nationals in Disney World, where my team took home many awards and placed number one in the state for our Novelty dance. During my junior year of high school, I had the opportunity to dance in the Superdome with my dance team. I have had the opportunity to dance with some of the New Orleans Pelicans and Saintsations. I was also involved in many other clubs when I was in high school.
I recently just graduated from River Parish Community College with my certificate of associate science in Medical Coding. I also plan to go back to school to finish my full Associates degree in Science.
I am so excited and looking forward to teaching your child dance this year. Let’s Get This Dance Year Started!!!
Sincerely yours, Miss Caitlin
Gabrielle St Martin
I am super excited about teaching your child this year! I am 23 years old, and have 18 years of dance experience with Performing Arts Dance Center. I was part of the dance company for eight years, and I have taken acro/gymnastics, ballet, lyrical, tap, jazz and hip hop classes. I am a 2014 Teacher Graduate from Performing Arts Dance Center where I studied and took the written and verbal test.
I graduated from Riverside in 2014, and I was part of the dance team all four years. My goal this year is to help your child grow in her dance experience, and teach them as much as I can. I hope your child enjoys my class and improves not only as a dancer but as a person.
Love, Miss Gaby
I am beyond excited to have this opportunity to help your child grow as a dancer. I have danced for over 11 years. I am a 2017 Teacher Graduate of Performing Arts Dance Center and have studied the main courses of dance which included tap, jazz, lyrical, ballet, and acro/gymnastics. I have competed on Performing Arts Competition Team for 5 years where I received many overall awards and the award “Dancer of the Year” Finalist at Rainbow Competition. I was homeschooled my high school years, and graduated with honors. My goal this year is for all of my students to improve in themselves and as a dancer. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to teach your child and further their dancing education.
Hello, My name is Kristen Trichell, and I will be assisting your child with his/her acro/gym class this year. I started dancing at the age of three and have fifteen years of dance experience. I have trained in tap, jazz, ballet, lyrical, and acro/gym and have attended many workshops throughout the years. I competed with the Performing Arts Dance Company for two years and was a student assistant for severn years. I am a 2015 graduate of St. Charles Catholic High School. While at SCC, I was on the Starsteppers Dance Team for three years, co-captain for one years, and was chosen as an American All-Star Dance Team member for two years. After graduating from SCC, I attended LSU where I graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences with a concentration of secondary education. I am currently the middle school science teacher at St. Joan of Arc Catholic School.
I am looking forward to returning to Performing Arts Dance Center as a faculty member and eager to share my passion for dance and acro/gym with your child.
Sincerely, Kristen Trichell